hang in the balance

hang in the balance
phrasal
: to be doubtful or uncertain

the prisoner's fate hangs in the balance

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hang in the balance
To be in doubt or suspense
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Main Entry:hang

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be/hang/in the balance phrase
if something is in the balance, you do not know whether it will succeed or fail

Jack’s career is hanging in the balance while they consider what to do.

Thesaurus: involving both successes and failuressynonym
Main entry: balance

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